Czech court orders director of housing corporation to apologize to Romani community member for abusive remarks
Yesterday the District Court in Most, Czech Republic brought to an end the scandal of the abusive and insulting remarks made by the director of the Krušnohor company, František Ryba, about Romani community member Iveta Theuserová of Most. Ryba was interviewed by a Czech weekly magazine in the runup to local elections as part of their investigative reporting mapping the activities of the housing corporation that he manages and its controversial involvement during the local campaign with a party whose materials referred to some residents as "riff-raff", and he was quoted by the magazine as saying the following about Theuserová: "That lying cikánka? Do you mean the cikánka with the IQ of bubbling mud?"
Theuserová was insulted by the remarks and filed a lawsuit against Ryba for protection of her good name. The court has now ruled completely in her favor and ordered Ryba to publish an apology in that same weekly.
Ryba also must now pay CZK 50 000 [EUR 1 900] compensation to Theuserová for slandering her and cover the costs of her bringing the matter to court. "I am satisfied with the verdict because the court fully agreed with my claims. This brings to an end two years of effort and suffering, because I was never interested in such publicity," Theuserová told news server Romea.cz.
The details and justification will be communicated to both parties by the court in its written verdict, which they will receive within one month. Once it is delivered, they will have 15 days to appeal.
The Krušnohor building cooperative is infamously notorious for its bold connections with a local political movement, "Association of Mosters for Most" (Sdružení Mostečané Mostu) which said the removal of residents it labeled "problematic" into a "village for the riff-raff" was part of its local election program. During the most recent local race the movement scored a broad success and won eight seats on the local assembly.
Theuserová is an educated specialist in the field of social education and social services administration and currently does social work with patients at the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital in Prague. She is a volunteer civil society member of the Czech Government Council on Romani Community Affairs.
- Czech town commissions construction of controversial modular housing units for Romani area, council meeting described to ROMEA TV by local assembly member
- Czech mayor gets Romani resident to endorse segregated "container housing", others still oppose it, including Architects without Borders
- Local councillor in Czech Republic sparks outrage and petition against installation of "container housing" in Romani neighborhood
- New photos of much-maligned housing estate in the Czech Republic published by Romani association
- Romani residents of Czech housing estate thank those battling COVID-19 with hearts in windows
- Czech town puts "container housing" for Romani-inhabited locality on hold, former ombudswoman recommended cancelling it altogether
- Analysis: Czech town approves construction of "container" housing on estate mostly inhabited by Romani people
- Czech Government Agency for Social Inclusion objects to disinformation published about its proposals for infamous housing estate
- Czech politician misquotes meeting with Romani residents of at-risk housing estate, they correct the record
- Complaint against racist election campaign in Czech town heads to the European Court of Human Rights
- Czech Constitutional Court rejects complaint about hateful election campaigns, but agrees they were unethical
- Czech Police: Election slogan about "pests" and "poison" a misdemeanor, use of "riff-raff" ok
- Czech Constitutional Court receives complaint about election campaign, proposals for "fertilization" of "gypsies" recur in local media discussion
- Czech local election billboards referencing "riff-raff" reported to police
- Commentary: "Zero tolerance" is back in North Bohemia, a "sure bet" for the Czech local elections
- Czech Republic: Housing estate residents without heat during freezing weather, situation is critical
- Czech housing estate sees water cut off, situation is critical for residents
- Czech Republic: Romani housing estate residents sign petition complaining about conditions
- Czech Bar Association reprimands attorney for approving of "joke" calling for the gassing of non-white first-graders, he appeals
- Czech man sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for one year, for assaulting Romani boy, but racial motivation is ignored
- Jaroslav Miko: Romani voters must cast their ballots for a democratic coalition, otherwise anti-Romani extremists may get into government
- Albanian comedy shows feature blackface, prejudice and stereotypes about Romani people
- Romani associations distance themselves from community member who apparently expressed desire to attack Czech politician
- Mayor and police in Czech town correct the record about assault incident to make clear Romani people were not involved as first alleged
- Slovakia: Those planning to attend public events with Pope Francis have to register online
- Czech court sentences social media user to two years in prison, suspended for two years, for promoting terrorism
- Romania: "Gipsycoin" cryptocurrency launched by Romani community leader
- Czech citizens living abroad can vote in October elections, deadline to register at consulate or embassy is 29 August
- Austria's Die Presse: Covert racism is why Europe's Roma are worse off after COVID-19 pandemic
- Romani runner in Slovakia whose junior career has been so hopeful confirms she is pregnant